Theater presents Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller's Pulitzer
Prize-winning drama was first presented at the Guthrie as part of its inaugural
season in 1963. Few American plays of the 20th century hold as prominent and
enduring a place in our collective imagination as this work. Artistic Director
Joe Dowling reunites with Guthrie favorites Peter Michael Goetz and Helen Carey
to bring the story of Willy Loman to life. Guthrie Resident Sound Designer
Scott W. Edwards is the sound designer for the production. Following its run on
the thrust stage, this Guthrie production will be presented at the Dublin
While the sound design
is not overly complex, there are several interesting highlights.
The Euphonix sends audio
out to 18 speaker locations.
|In the second act,
there is a sequence where Willy Loman's boss shows off his new toy. A wire
recorder. To simulate the operation of the wire recorder, we have taken a
working antique and replaced its electronics with a Sennheiser Evolution
wireless in-ear receiver and a small 15 watt amplifier. The amplifier powers a
4" driver from a JBL Control 1.The wireless unit and the amplifier are powered
by a small 12VDC gel-cell battery.
The small amount of sound effects were pulled from our on-line library. We have developed a program called SoundDB. This is basically a program based on MySQL and PHP scripting. It runs on our LINUX server and is accessed via any web browser on our network. You can search for files and then audition them through your browser. Then you can select the files you want, and have them copied into your working directory. It also allows you to keep track of and manage files that are in your working directory. We currently have about 10,000 wave files in our data base.
|At the end of the run here in Minneapolis, this production will be going over to Dublin, Ireland to be presented at the Dublin Theater Festival. The production will be open at the Gaiety Theater and run for 2 weeks. This will occasion the kick off of Stage Research's SFX rental program. We are specifying a SFX Certified Touring System for the production. This rig consists of 2 rack mount SFX DAWs, 2 layla24's, a rack mount LCD, keyboard, mouse, a Rosendahl Nanosync word clock generator, and an APC UPS. All mounted in a shock mount Anvil case. We have specified this rig because we absolutely need a bullet-proof playback solution. The rest of the sound package will be rented locally.|